Simulating the genesis of Mauritian
2012 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
A simple computer simulation addresses some of the most basic issues in creole formation. Mauritius is chosen as the testing ground because of its uniquely well documented settlement history. The outcome of the simulation is compared to the actual product of the language contact situation, i. e. Mauritian Creole. The questions dealt with are the following: Were slaves trying to acquire the lexifier? How fast did the new language emerge? Did it develop from a pidgin? To what extent are the features of the creole drawn from the languages in contact?
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
General Language Studies and Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-86288OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-86288DiVA: diva2:586586
Ninth Creolistics Workshop, Aarhus, Denmark, 11-13 April 2012